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Self Confidence:Full Potential

Without self-confidence it is very hard to go anywhere in your life. Self confidence is the ability to believe in yourself and believe that you can accomplish your goals. It is a quality that you cannot go without and ties a lot into competitiveness. There will be things that test how much you believe in yourself, but you cannot let anything destroy your confidence. You could be the best basketball player in the world but without confidence you lose your edge and it is very hard to function at the highest level possible. You do not need to believe that you are the best that ever lived, you just need to believe in yourself and do the best you can.

Everyone strives to be the best but no one every looks forward to finishing in the middle of the pack. One deceiving quality about self confidence is that not everybody can be first. This thought that everyone can be first is destroying peoples psyche. Someone has to be last too. Some people are better at different things and may have the upper edge but the most important part is to do YOUR best. Your best is completely different than the guy or girl standing nest to you. He might be able to beat you up but on the other hand you would embarrass him in a math competition. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and you can even be confident about something that you are not good at as long as you do not have the notion of being the best. Just be the best that you can be and try your hardest.

Being competitive and doing your best can also be related to each other. One thing that a lot of people don’t realize is that even though your not the best you can still be competitive and give it all you have. Some people tend to quit when things get difficult or when they are outmatched. A good way to think about it is that when you are outmatched you are going to get that much better by participating or competing. Competition shows a lot about someones character. It shows whether they are not confident and fold under pressure or whether they go for the jugular.

One thing that ties into self confidence is the ability to take constructive criticisms. Some people take huge blows to their confidence when they think they are doing something right but them are told they are doing something wrong. They take it as a personal attack on themselves or they just shut down. Their confidence is shattered. On the flip side of thing the ability to take instructions, admit when you are wrong, and roll with the punches is and invaluable attribute. These people that can take instructions and have confidence will thrive and be good at anything they do.They know that even if they aren’t good at something right when they pick it up for the first time that they have the confidence in themselves that they can accomplish anything. The truth is that some people get very narrow minded and decide beforehand that they cannot do something without giving themselves a fair shake. They are cheating themselves by not trying and believing.

In order to have confidence you need to think that you are going to succeed. If you go into a test expecting to fail than odds are that you are going to fail. If you go in prepared, confident and expecting to get an A than you will. You need to have the confidence in yourself to succeed. Self confidence is a very huge part of reaching ones full potential. Without self confidence it is very hard to accomplish anything.

Determination:Full Potential

Determination. What is it and where does it come from? To me determination is staying with something no matter how hard it gets or how many obstacles get in your way. Determination is a very important part of reaching your full potential. If someone quit when things got hard then no one would get anything accomplished. Determination is an attitude that you will not let anything get in your way. Nothing can keep you from meeting that goal or reaching your full potential.

The ability to overcome obstacles is a very hard thing to learn and is even harder to apply. When something catastrophic happens that stands in the way of achieving your goal it is very easy to quit. It takes true determination to continue to thrive in this environment. The important action to take in this circumstance to meet the roadblock head on and keep your eye on your goals. Take it one day at a time because most problems or roadblocks aren’t solved in a day. If achieving all your goals ere easy everyone would accomplish everything that they put their minds to. Determination is what sets apart the men from the boys and women from the girls.

Getting past the obstacles is only the half of it. Keeping yourself focused on your goal is the major issue. As I was saying earlier. Obstacles are overcome in just one day but goals aren’t met in one day either. Sometimes people get bored with goals or just don’t have the determination to stick with the goal. Determination can also be applied to the time commitment involved with a goal. Time is a huge obstacle. In order to achieve the goal you need to make time for it. This is very hard for a lot of people because they have other duties and responsibilities that may take precedence over the goal. If your goal is going to make you happy and prosperous than that should hold as much importance as anything else in your life. There must be a balance between responsibilities. If accomplishing your goal makes life stressful at the time but will benefit you at the end than the goal is worth the hardship.

You need to keep pressing forward and don’t allow yourself to regress. If you regress than it is twice as hard to regain that ground that was lost. One example would be dieting around the holidays. You are doing great and losing lots o weight, but then Thanksgiving hits!. You happen to have three Thanksgivings to go to over the next four days. What do you do? Well, there a few options. Pig out, sleep on the couch and watch the Lions game. Pig out and exercise to make up for it. Eat in moderation and enjoy the time with your family. The easiest choice is to pig out and sleep obviously, but when it comes to controlling eating habits it is a slippery slope. Once you start overeating it is extremely hard to go back to eating in moderation. The point is that it takes determination and a fixation on your goal not to regress or quit when you meet resistance.

Determination is a very hard attribute to describe. It is an attribute as well as and attitude or a lifestyle. Some are aggressive when it comes to accomplishing a goal while others are more passive. It takes equal amounts of determination to reach your full potential no matter who you are. It is a very long road and you need to stick with it and be determined to succeed. Determined to be the best that you can be.

Full Potential:Dedication

There is an idea floating around that someone can pick up something new, whether it’s an activity or craft, and be great at it the very next day. If they aren’t full of undiscovered natural talent in this particular activity, then they quit. This then just goes on to be a never-ending circle of failures and shortcomings. In these cases people wonder why they are never successful, yet they can’t set their mind to a goal, work hard and achieve that goal. If they dedicate themselves to just that one goal and complete it then they will be far better off. It is truly amazing how far you can go when you take a systematic approach to reaching your full potential. It is not going to be easy by any means, but if you dedicate yourself then there is nothing that can hold you down.

First of all, what is the definition of dedication? It is as the Merriam-Websters dictionary defines it: A a feeling of very strong support for or loyalty to someone or something : the quality or state of being dedicated to a person, group, cause, etc. In the case of reaching your full potential you are dedicating yourself to a cause and the cause is reaching you full potential. As the definition states it is a feeling of strong loyalty. This feeling of loyalty is to yourself and your ultimate goal. You cannot quit when things get tough. You dedicate yourself and do not take no for an answer.

Dedication can surface itself in many different ways. It can be simply taking that extra hour to do better on a project, to make sure you have sealed all the cracks and there are no mistakes. It could even be staying after a sports practice to take that extra time to better yourself. Dedication is the small things, the extra little things that no one else thinks about. Being dedicated and finding the small things that make the difference is a huge part of being the best you can and reaching your full potential. Like I said previously in the motivation aspect of reaching your full potential, while you are resting, someone else is out there getting ahead. The same concept applies to dedication. While you are only doing the minimum to get by, someone else is out there giving it everything that they have and noticing the little things that make the big difference. If you do not dedicate your complete concentration in the task at hand you are doing yourself no justice and cheating yourself.

By not dedicating yourself you are wasting potential. The sad thing is that people make excuses and it makes it very hard for them to accomplish anything. In these cases their potential is wasted. Everyone is born with potential, the potential to become a doctor, the potential to be a rocket scientist, or even the potential to become a rockstar. If you look back to the beginning of your childhood, you didn’t look forward to being a gas station attendant, did you? The twist to this situation is that it is very easy to waste potential but very hard to reach it. If it were easy to reach your full potential than everybody would be doing it.

Dedication is a huge part of reaching your full potential. Without the ability to dedicate yourself to a particular goal, it would be very hard to reach the ultimate goal of full potential. Set your goals, keep your eye on the prize, take it one step at a time and you will be the best that you can possibly be.

Full Potential: Intro/Motivation

Are you living your life to your full potential? Many things come into play when you think about how far you go in life and the things that you can accomplish. Money comes into mind and the status that you are born into. The most important aspects are tossed to the side and excuses like money and status are used. You know what they say about excuses…Everybody’s Got them. I feel that most aspects of potential are involved with dedication, motivation, determination, and self-confidence. There are a lot of other personal attributes that play a role in meeting your full potential but these are some important basics. Having a good foundational attitude and willingness to want to achieve goals is a good place to start. I do admit that money ties into potential somewhat, but making the correct choices and managing money  and time wisely is just as important.

Motivation is a difficult thing to teach anyone. In a lot of cases you either have it or you don’t. I am the first one to admit that I have trouble finding the motivation to complete work or even get up in the morning sometimes, but somehow I always get things done. Well at least 99% of the time I do. It is perfectly okay to be lazy sometimes, but not all the time. If you ever find yourself being lazy or feel like you are not doing your best because you just don’t feel like, just think, there is someone else out there getting ahead of me while I’m being stagnant.

A big thought with motivation is “Oh I can do it later” or “Ill start my diet tomorrow” ,but the truth is now is as good a time as ever. By putting off your goals you are only making it more difficult to achieve them. If you find motivation and use every second of your day to do things to better yourself than you will find that you can active whatever goals you set. Completing goals is the best feeling in the world. When you achieve something that you have put a ton of work towards and you not only meet your goal, but thrive while doing it is indescribable. Success and hard work is addicting. Once you know you can motivate yourself and succeed than it will become a habit and expectation.  Motivation is truly a foundation to productivity and reaching your full potential.

Procrastination ties a lot into motivation. If there is a deadline that is upcoming than the assignment or work is put off to the last second. This is not a good practice at all, because your work suffers and is not the same quality that it would be if you took your time. There are some people that thrive off the pressure, but there are many others that think they do well under pressure ,but would do much better if they took a systematic approach to work. Pick the important foundational aspects of the work and get them done. If you do procrastinate it will make it significantly less stressful. Stress is a productivity killer and it makes you accept subpar work that you normally wouldn’t dare think about turning in. In a way doing the foundational work beforehand makes it so you are not procrastinating and taking a more organized approach. Myself I procrastinate on a regular basis but I also take a systematic approach to it. I may wait until the last minute to do the major work but I constantly think about what I have to do and I do all of the foundational work prior to the deadline.